Since 'Zero Dark Thirty' came out in theathres, there's been an ongoing discussion about torture. Some believe that the movie is pro torture, and some believe it is against torture (I think it's against, and I don't understand how people see it any other way). Personally, I'm a huge supporter of Michael Moore, and I follow him on both Twitter and Facebook. Yesterday, he wrote a piece on Facebook regarding the film and torture in general.
I thought he made some super important points that show why torture isn't a legit way to go about things.
- When torturing captivies, there's maybe one guy who knows the truth, and still they are torturing a hundred guys. That leaves you in a situation where the one guy actually tells the truth, and the 99 other guys make up a lie to stop the torture. How do you know who the one guy is?
- There are crazy rapists and pedophiles out there, and they are the scum of the earth. Cut their nutsacks off and they won't rape again, right? Do we do that? No, of course not, because it's morally wrong.
- Death penalty. That sure works. Put a guy in a room and gas him to death, and you know he'll never kill again. But still, most people don't approve of that, because it's morally wrong. But where they do allow this, they become murderers in the process of stopping a murderer. Oh, the irony is sweet.
Anyway, as Moore goes on to say, the question shouldn't be if torture works or not, the question should be, is torture right? The answer in my book will also be no. Always. If you support torture, I think one day you'll wake up, look yourself in the mirror, and realize that you are the very problem you are trying to stop.
I'll leave you with a fine quote from Michael Moore's article.
But back to the controversy and the torture. I guess where I part with most of my friends who are upset at this film is that they are allowing the wrong debate to take place. You should NEVER engage in a debate where the other side defines the terms of the debate – namely, in this case, to debate "whether torture works." You should refuse to participate in that discussion because the real question should be, simply, "is torture wrong?" And, after watching the brutal behavior of CIA agents for the first 45 minutes of the film, I can't believe anyone of conscience would conclude anything other than that this is morally NOT right. You will be repulsed by these torture scenes because, make no mistake about it, this has been done in your name and mine and with our tax dollars. We funded this.